It is difficult to picture the world today without the presence of technology. Just some decades ago, there was nothing like the internet, yet it seems like we’ve been living with it for so long.
All these technologies around us continue to advance and they cut across various aspects of our lives and society. In the interior design industry, technology is a significant tool that has aided and influenced the work of designers.
Here are 5 effects of this influence:
1. 3D Printing:
One of the most outstanding technologies in manufacturing in these recent times is 3D printing. 3D printing is a fast way for designers to actualise their designs and give clients a miniature form of their ideas. This technique is capable of creating very intricate designs with impressive detailing which traditional machinery would not be able to do. Interior designers are quickly making use of this innovation because of how efficient it is in creating prototypes of their designs for clients to behold.
2. Tiny Homes:
People are beginning to consider reducing the size of their homes, and while this might seem a little absurd to some, the reasons behind the choice are understandable. One reason is because of high house prices, but most importantly, people are downsizing their homes to reduce their carbon footprint. This is because of how, in recent times, technology and social media have actively educated people about environmental consciousness and the need to keep our planet healthy and safe. All the awareness about global warming and climate change has influenced the size of homes people desire, and this, in turn, has influenced architecture and interior design.
3. Virtual Reality:
Most people associate the term ‘virtual reality’ with the gaming industry, but it has also found its way into the design industry as well. Designers can use the technology of virtual reality to create their designs. Instead of creating prototypes in the real world, a designer can bring a client into a virtual room and show them how a space will look like and give them a 3D everyday-like experience.
4. LED Lighting:
LED lights are slowly taking over traditional light bulbs in the interior decoration world, and it’s no surprise why the revolution is underway. These LED lights use about 85% less energy than incandescent and traditional light bulbs, produce very little heat, and emit no infrared radiation. With a cooler colour temperature and easy-to-fix nature, these LED lights are ready to lead the future of lighting in interior design.
5. Smart Homes:
With so much new technology around, homeowners are looking to upgrade and join the trend of smart homes. These technologically advanced homes make it convenient for homeowners to remotely control their smart appliances, which are interconnected through the internet, using a mobile device. This technology is important for interior designers to take notice of because they will be required to consider architectural modifications. These modifications, in terms of spacing and positioning, are needed to accommodate smart appliances.
The Interior design industry cannot deny how much technology has influenced it. From the way designers create their models to the taste and desire of their clients, new innovations will continue to emerge and shape the industry.